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55th ECG welcomes new commander

Col. Michael Manion (left), 55th Wing commander, passes the 55th Electronic Combat Group guidon to Col. Phil Acquaro who assumed command of the unit July 10, 2017 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Col. Michael Manion (left), 55th Wing commander, passes the 55th Electronic Combat Group guidon to Col. Phil Acquaro who assumed command of the unit July 10, 2017 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. (U.S. Air Force photo)

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- The 55th Electronic Combat Group, a geographically separated unit assigned to the 55th Wing that operates out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, welcomed its newest commander July 10.


In a time-honored change of command ceremony, Col. Ryan Rogers relinquished command of the 55th ECG to the 55th Wing commander, Col. Michael Manion. Col. Phillip Acquaro then accepted the group guidon from Col. Manion signifying his assumption of command.


As the 55th ECG commander, Acquaro will oversee five squadrons of more than 800 Airmen that provide combat-ready EC-130H Compass Call aircraft, aircrew and maintainers for worldwide expeditionary deployments in support of unified combatant commanders.


Acquaro most recently served at Patch Barracks, Stuttgart Germany as the operations directorate, current actions branch chief, United States European Command Headquarters. He is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and a master navigator with more than 2,500 flying hours.